The travelogue begins on the south side of the Mediterranean in Algiers, one of the largest seaports in the French empire. The city is a mixture of native Arab settlements and French colonial modernism. The city played an important role during WWI. The next stop is the tax exempt Principality of Monaco, and its city, Monte Carlo, the world famous casino and the Palace of His Highness the Prince of Monaco, the latter located on a peninsular outcrop, which dominate its skyline. Cannes and Nice are the next stops, both where wealth abounds as seen through the number of yachts docked in port.